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5 Times We Need Critical Thinking

[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’] [av_hr class=’invisible’ height=’10’ shadow=’no-shadow’ position=’center’ custom_border=’av-border-thin’ custom_width=’50px’ custom_border_color=” custom_margin_top=’30px’ custom_margin_bottom=’30px’ icon_select=’yes’ custom_icon_color=” icon=’ue808′ font=’entypo-fontello’] [av_heading tag=’h1′ padding=’10’ heading=’5 Times We Need Critical Thinking ‘ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=” subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”][/av_heading] [av_hr class=’invisible’ height=’5′ shadow=’no-shadow’ position=’center’ custom_border=’av-border-thin’ custom_width=’50px’ custom_border_color=” custom_margin_top=’30px’ custom_margin_bottom=’30px’ icon_select=’yes’ custom_icon_color=” icon=’ue808′ font=’entypo-fontello’] [/av_one_full][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Should the term “critical thinking” immediately evoke horrific  memories of desperate scribbling amidst a frenzy  of sweat and tears, we’re here to assure you that you’re right: critical thinking is the bane of your existence. But only if you don’t practise it enough.

Critical thinking  is performing  independent and objective analysis before forming an opinion or judgement about any given situation. Fortunately, it is useful for more than just answering essay and exam questions.  We highlight here five ways in which good critical thinking skills are actually necessary for real life.
[/av_textblock] [av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’To Maintain Cyber Awareness’ color=” style=” custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=” subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”][/av_heading] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] The internet, progressive as it is, supplies veritable amounts of information quite literally at our fingertips – information that swings dangerously from being  .   However, as with the maxim about glitter and gold, so correlates the relationship between internet and truth. Sharing false and inaccurate information online or having ill-informed opinions based on illegitimate sources can easily lead to a social media faux pas on your part, especially if you do not assess the information carefully first.

Case in point: news of Lee Kuan Yew’s death was once fabricated by a student and circulated on websites as prominent as CNN. Critical thinking would have been useful in this instance, by evaluating the source to confirm the authenticity of the news, and it would have probably saved CNN from plenty of embarrassment.
[/av_textblock] [av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’To Communicate Clearly’ color=” style=” custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=” subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”][/av_heading] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Ever gotten into an argument where the other party just couldn’t seem to understand what you were saying? What an idiot, you think. What an idiot, the other party thinks.  Rather than being mired in endless frustration, thinking critically about how to present your message instead can give you an edge. Analyse the other person’s context and needs, and then see how you can tweak your language to sound more persuasive to them. Adapting to who you’re speaking to may not necessarily devolve you to their level, and might just be the trick to getting out of the argument alive.
[/av_textblock] [av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’To Evaluate Emergencies’ color=” style=” custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=” subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”][/av_heading] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Involved in a car accident or burglary? The first thing to do, contrary to popular belief, is not to whip out your mobile phones and snapchat it – unless for evidence-taking, of course. Thinking clearly and critically in emergencies can help to mitigate the situation and minimise losses.

While many wonderful examples of this can be found online, a particularly apt story on Quora goes as such: a woman was stalked by two men who harboured intention to assault her sexually. As they closed in on her and started their assault, she knew that there was no way she could match up to them physically. Therefore, instead of fighting back or even running away, the potential victim pretended to be possessed in order to scare off her rapists – and the ruse worked. The men were eventually spooked and ran away.
[/av_textblock] [av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’To Be Street Smart’ color=” style=” custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=” subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”][/av_heading] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] With scams and frauds running rampant on the streets, any passer-by would have to think carefully before parting with their cash or personal information. The recent wave of DHL scams, as ridiculous as its methods may be, have actually succeeded in procuring information from its victims. Analysing the situation carefully – why would you have a parcel in Shanghai? – will prevent loss of sensitive information and cash.
[/av_textblock] [av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’To Be An Entrepreneur’ color=” style=” custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=” subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”][/av_heading] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] When the rainbow cake first came out it sent a good number of us into an Instagram frenzy – which was the perfect marketing tool for start-up cafes. Today, most cafes – and even heartland bakeries – have taken to the rainbow.

The point? These entrepreneurs analyse and capitalise on existing trends to their advantage, and they do it fast. While some might argue that this is simply monkey see monkey do, the application of the trend – and recognising that it is purely a matter of aesthetics and novelty – is what’s at hand. And so the rainbow cake has spawned into rainbow cheesecakes, rainbow sandwiches, rainbow bagels, and even rainbow coffees, with each establishment receiving lavish amounts of online attention for its creations.

Also, given how carried away we Singaporeans can get with new trends, sometimes we do need critical thinking to tell us that a plain bagel isn’t worth $8, rainbow or not.
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